The Chronological Cross-Reference Bible Study Reading Plan
The Chronological Cross-Reference Bible Study Reading Plan
English Standard Version (ESV)
6:1 Then Job answered and said: 2 “Oh that my vexation were weighed, 8 “Oh that I might have my request, 14 “He who withholds kindness from a friend 24 “Teach me, and I will be silent; 28 “But now, be pleased to look at me, 7:1 “Has not man a hard service on earth,
and all my calamity laid in the balances!
3 For then it would be heavier than the sand of the sea;
therefore my words have been rash.
4 For the arrows of the Almighty are in me;
my spirit drinks their poison;
the terrors of God are arrayed against me.
5 Does the wild donkey bray when he has grass,
or the ox low over his fodder?
6 Can that which is tasteless be eaten without salt,
or is there any taste in the juice of the mallow?
7 My appetite refuses to touch them;
they are as food that is loathsome to me.
and that God would fulfill my hope,
9 that it would please God to crush me,
that he would let loose his hand and cut me off!
10 This would be my comfort;
I would even exult in pain unsparing,
for I have not denied the words of the Holy One.
11 What is my strength, that I should wait?
And what is my end, that I should be patient?
12 Is my strength the strength of stones, or is my flesh bronze?
13 Have I any help in me,
when resource is driven from me?
forsakes the fear of the Almighty.
15 My brothers are treacherous as a torrent-bed,
as torrential streams that pass away,
16 which are dark with ice,
and where the snow hides itself.
17 When they melt, they disappear;
when it is hot, they vanish from their place.
18 The caravans turn aside from their course;
they go up into the waste and perish.
19 The caravans of Tema look,
the travelers of Sheba hope.
20 They are ashamed because they were confident;
they come there and are disappointed.
21 For you have now become nothing;
you see my calamity and are afraid.
22 Have I said, ‘Make me a gift’?
Or, ‘From your wealth offer a bribe for me’?
23 Or, ‘Deliver me from the adversary's hand’?
Or, ‘Redeem me from the hand of the ruthless’?
make me understand how I have gone astray.
25 How forceful are upright words!
But what does reproof from you reprove?
26 Do you think that you can reprove words,
when the speech of a despairing man is wind?
27 You would even cast lots over the fatherless,
and bargain over your friend.
for I will not lie to your face.
29 Please turn; let no injustice be done.
Turn now; my vindication is at stake.
30 Is there any injustice on my tongue?
Cannot my palate discern the cause of calamity?
and are not his days like the days of a hired hand?
2 Like a slave who longs for the shadow,
and like a hired hand who looks for his wages,
3 so I am allotted months of emptiness,
and nights of misery are apportioned to me.
4 When I lie down I say, ‘When shall I arise?’
But the night is long,
and I am full of tossing till the dawn.
5 My flesh is clothed with worms and dirt;
my skin hardens, then breaks out afresh.
6:1 Then Job answered and said:
2 “Oh that my vexation were weighed,
8 “Oh that I might have my request,
14 “He who withholds kindness from a friend
24 “Teach me, and I will be silent;
28 “But now, be pleased to look at me,
7:1 “Has not man a hard service on earth,
King James Version (KJV)
6:1But Job answered and said, 6:2Oh that my grief were thoroughly weighed, and my calamity laid in the balances together! 6:3For now it would be heavier than the sand of the sea: therefore my words are swallowed up. 6:4For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, the poison whereof drinketh up my spirit: the terrors of God do set themselves in array against me. 6:5Doth the wild ass bray when he hath grass? or loweth the ox over his fodder? 6:6Can that which is unsavoury be eaten without salt? or is there any taste in the white of an egg? 6:7The things that my soul refused to touch are as my sorrowful meat. 6:8Oh that I might have my request; and that God would grant me the thing that I long for! 6:9Even that it would please God to destroy me; that he would let loose his hand, and cut me off! 6:10Then should I yet have comfort; yea, I would harden myself in sorrow: let him not spare; for I have not concealed the words of the Holy One. 6:11What is my strength, that I should hope? and what is mine end, that I should prolong my life? 6:12Is my strength the strength of stones? or is my flesh of brass? 6:13Is not my help in me? and is wisdom driven quite from me? 6:14To him that is afflicted pity should be showed from his friend; but he forsaketh the fear of the Almighty. 6:15My brethren have dealt deceitfully as a brook, and as the stream of brooks they pass away; 6:16Which are blackish by reason of the ice, and wherein the snow is hid: 6:17What time they wax warm, they vanish: when it is hot, they are consumed out of their place. 6:18The paths of their way are turned aside; they go to nothing, and perish. 6:19The troops of Tema looked, the companies of Sheba waited for them. 6:20They were confounded because they had hoped; they came thither, and were ashamed. 6:21For now ye are nothing; ye see my casting down, and are afraid. 6:22Did I say, Bring unto me? or, Give a reward for me of your substance? 6:23Or, Deliver me from the enemy's hand? or, Redeem me from the hand of the mighty? 6:24Teach me, and I will hold my tongue: and cause me to understand wherein I have erred. 6:25How forcible are right words! but what doth your arguing reprove? 6:26Do ye imagine to reprove words, and the speeches of one that is desperate, which are as wind? 6:27Yea, ye overwhelm the fatherless, and ye dig a pit for your friend. 6:28Now therefore be content, look upon me; for it is evident unto you if I lie. 6:29Return, I pray you, let it not be iniquity; yea, return again, my righteousness is in it. 6:30Is there iniquity in my tongue? cannot my taste discern perverse things?
7:1Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth? are not his days also like the days of an hireling?7:2As a servant earnestly desireth the shadow, and as an hireling looketh for the reward of his work:7:3So am I made to possess months of vanity, and wearisome nights are appointed to me.7:4When I lie down, I say, When shall I arise, and the night be gone? and I am full of tossings to and fro unto the dawning of the day.7:5My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of dust; my skin is broken, and become loathsome.
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Study Journal Questions
- In what ways was Job suffering?
- How has physical suffering affected your spirituality?
- What was Job’s request of God?
- What did Job ask of his friend?
Pray with someone about a struggle they are experiencing.